Post by guitarofthrones on Dec 30, 2014 20:46:37 GMT -5
I posted this back in June in this thread from Premier Guitar
Dumble Overdrive Special
I’ve had it for a couple years now, and it’s everything it’s cracked up to be. You can buy one for $100K, but it’s hard to find one for a reasonable price, so I got lucky. I use each amp for a specific reason. With the Dumble, I don’t switch channels—I just set it one way and play. I don’t need a clean, dirty, and lead tone out of each amp when I’m in the studio.
The first time I ever played one was when I was doing a show with Paul Reed Smith at NAMM. He had about eight amps onstage, and I saw the Dumble and immediately plugged in. It sounds good wherever it’s set. It has this magic to it. It’s very expressive and sensitive to your pick attack, and every note just sings. It has that blooming sound. My Dumble is #281, so it’s relatively recent—probably made in the last five years.
I would never take it on the road. The funny thing is, I haven’t really featured it on the studio albums too much. The stuff we do is more aggressive, though I think I used it a little bit mixed in with my lead tone on the latest Alter Bridge album. I just took in three or four of my favorite amps and left it up to the producer to mix and match tones. It’s on some of the more subtle stuff, like “Bleed it Dry.”
I think my favorite tone video that I’ve seen online is from a 1979 Dumble called “Low Tuned Slide.” It’s just amazing.
Post by Metalicious on Apr 20, 2015 3:06:54 GMT -5
Rob: When you head out on the road, how many guitars do you typically take with you? Do you take your favorites with you? I hear a lot of guys leave their favorites at home and take the “road warriors” out with them.
Mark Tremonti: My favorite ones are the ones I take out on the road. I’ve got some of my more valuable ones that never leave the house, but they’re not my favorites because they don’t get played all the time. I have to wear a guitar in a little before it becomes my favorite, and those are all out on the road.
I also have a couple of guitars coming that I’m gonna send out to a company called Tronical who put on tuners that have like 18 tunings with the push of a button and it’ll tune it automatically for you. That’ll be a perfect writing and touring tool. Now I wouldn’t have to take ten guitars out on tour, I could take two or four of them. I can’t wait to get that.
I don’t think it’s terribly expensive anymore because it’s a simpler system that you just put on your headstock. It’s probably like $400 or $500. I saw it at NAMM a few years ago and it was incredible how quick it worked and how precise it was.
Rob: You talked about your more expensive guitars at home. What’s your ultimate guitar that you have at home?
Mark Tremonti: I have a 2002 PRS Dragon that was one of my models. I went into the factory and Paul [Reed Smith] showed me one of the Dragons, and it was the first one where the dragon was on the body and not the neck, it goes into the neck as well. He said, “What do you think of this guitar?” and I was like, “Amazing, it’s one of the coolest guitars I’ve ever seen!” He said, “Well I made you one,” and I was like “Wow!”
What happened was one of the guys making the neck of one of my guitars by accident started putting the dragon inlays on it, so Paul’s like “Go ahead and finish it, and I’ll give it to Mark.” So that one’s up in my showcase. I also have a Stadivarius violin guitar by Paul Reed Smith that they just gave me this year. It’s made from the same wood as the Stradivarius family, and they said you can’t get your hands on this kind of wood. I think they made about 50 guitars, and that’s all they could make from those. He gave me one of them and it’s just beautiful.
Rob: How about the guitar that Eddie Van Halen guitar gave you?
Mark Tremonti: Yeah, that one’s locked away in a secret vault in my house. I actually have three Van Halen guitars. I have one that he gave me personally; I have one that I bought at an auction, a snakeskin Music Man that he signed. Then I have another one that a buddy gave me that he somehow acquired years ago that he had played on.